Har­ris’ hawk

The most so­cia­ble rap­tor

World of Animals - - Remarkable Raptors -

Buck­ing the lone rap­tor trend, Har­ris’ hawks team up to con­duct co­op­er­a­tive hunts be­fore shar­ing the spoils

While most raptors are soli­tary and pre­fer to hunt alone, Har­ris’ hawks are a no­table ex­cep­tion to this rule. These in­tel­li­gent and so­cia­ble birds have been de­scribed as ‘wolves of the sky’ for their amaz­ing abil­ity to hunt co­op­er­a­tively, us­ing strat­egy and team­work to leave their prey with nowhere to hide.

Each hawk takes on a role suited to its strengths; some rely on in­cred­i­ble vi­sion to spot prey for the group, while the most aeri­ally adept in­di­vid­u­als lead the chase. Some hawks ex­cel in flush­ing prey out of hid­ing places, while oth­ers tac­ti­cally block holes and nest en­trances with their feet. Once the prey has been killed, the hawks con­tinue to be so­cia­ble, shar­ing the meal with their hunt­ing bud­dies.

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